Attorney, Ex-Head of MO’s Economic Development Office Joins Krewson’s Cabinet

By on April 21, 2017

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Longtime Bryan Cave attorney Linda Martinez, who did a stint as chief of Missouri’s economic development office under former Gov. Jay Nixon, is headed across downtown to City Hall.

Martinez confirmed Thursday that she will join St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s cabinet, where she will take a lead role in the city’s economic development efforts.

She has spent 35 years at one of the largest law firms in the state, where she is a partner who handles complex economic development deals using local development incentives, tax exempt bonds and state tax credits.

In an interview, Martinez, 62, said that she worked with then-alderman Krewson on developments in the Central West End and that she is “extremely excited” to join city government.

“I worked with the mayor on a number of projects over the years and have seen her ability to get consensus,” Martinez said.

In the city, Martinez worked on marquee projects, such as converting the former Homer G. Phillips Hospital into senior apartments, and she was involved in the effort to build the Kiel Center, now Scottrade Center, downtown.

More recently, Martinez has also worked on big projects in St. Louis County, including the new headquarters of Reinsurance Group of America, Bunge and World Wide Technology and Monsanto’s research campus in Chesterfield. Those projects required working with county government and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

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